When you buy BabyLed Food products, you can be sure that we make every effort throughout our process to reduce our impact on the environment, both by manufacturing effectively and in choosing the right materials to use.
Here are just some of the things we feel strongly about – and what we’re doing about it:
- Carbon footprint: We source locally grown ingredients wherever possible, to both support the Northumberland economy and to reduce the distance the ingredients travel. Less distance travelled = less petrol consumed + less carbon monoxide emitted! 😊
- Leftover food: Any leftover food from our process is never wasted! It is collected and sent locally to a biogas plant, where it is anaerobically digested and turned into clean, green energy! 😊
- Recyclable materials: All the material used to pack our raw ingredients can be recycled.
- BabyLed Spreads – all packaging materials used are recyclable. Glass jar, metal lid, paper/cardboard labels and wraps – all of it can simply dropped into your recycle bin! 😊
- BabyLed Pure Veg – we’re determined that the plastic pouches used to give the veggies their 4-week freshness must never be sent away to landfill. So, for this reason, we provide a freepost envelope for all customers to return their used pouches to us. We then supply this to a manufacturer of playground equipment for schools and parks across the UK, where it is recycled into useful, long-lasting plastic products, that are themselves recyclable when they are ready! Find out more at https://playquestadventureplay.co.uk/ 😊
- Other weaning items – we carefully select like-minded companies with products that are manufactured with minimal impact on the environment. Any packaging of these items is always kept to a minimum.
- Packaging: Obviously, we send many of our products to you through the post and it is important to us that we use recyclable cardboard boxes to do so. The Pure Veg range arrives chilled in a chilled polystyrene box, which too can be placed in your recycle bin. Even the ice packs we use to keep the contents fresh can be frozen again and again – just pop them in your freezer and they’re perfect in summer for family picnics!! 😊
But we’re aware we can always improve, so if you’ve got any suggestions as to any other ways we can reduce our environmental impact, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whilst it was never easy for my wife and I to conceive, we are truly blessed to now have two happy and healthy children – Eden and Soren 😊. I know how hard it can be for others and realise that many have had a far more tough time than us to become parents. As a small business, I believe it is important for BabyLed Food not only to support a charity and share our profit, but also to donate to a cause appropriate to our customers.
Our charity partner for 2019 is Bliss.
Bliss champion the right for every baby born premature or sick to receive the best care by:
- Supporting parentsof babies born premature or sick to be as involved as possible in care and decision-making for their babies.
- Supporting neonatal professionals to deliver high quality baby-centred care and involve parents actively in their babies' care.
- Placing premature and sick babies' voices at the heart of decision-making to ensure that their best interests are always put first.
- Supporting researchthat can tangibly improve outcomes for babies born premature or sick.
Over the three years (2016-2019) their ambition is to reach every single baby born needing neonatal care in the UK and their family. They want every baby to benefit from their work, no matter how long they live or how long they spend on a neonatal unit. Read their strategy summary below to find out more.
Why Bliss is needed: facts about premature babies and babies born sick
- Over 60 per cent of babies in neonatal care are born full term but sick. The five most common conditions are respiratory problems, infection, hypoglycaemia, jaundice, and asphyxia/HIE.
- 60,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK each year and most premature births are spontaneous, with no clear cause. Many of these babies will need urgent neonatal care after birth.
- Premature birth can result in life long conditions such as cerebral palsy, behavioural and long-term health problems. Some research has also found that the earlier a baby is born the higher their risk of having special educational needs at school.
- The UK has one of the highest rates of premature birth in the world, ranking 134 out of 184 countries. This is higher than many countries in Europe and higher than Peru, Chile and Egypt.
- The emotional and financial burden of having a baby in neonatal care can be huge. Parents are more likely to suffer from post-natal depression and on average they spend an extra £282 per week while their baby is in hospital.
- Premature birth is the leading cause of death among children under one in the UK, and children under five worldwide.
- The average length of time a baby spends in neonatal care is eight days but babies born at less than 27 weeks of pregnancy spend an average of 93 days in hospital.
- The average cost to the NHS of a day of neonatal care is £805, meaning that if every baby spent just one day less in neonatal care a staggering £60 million would be saved each year.
- Two-thirds of units in England do not have enough medical staff to meet safety standards and 70 per cent of intensive care units look after more babies than is safe.
How BabyLed Food supports Bliss:
We are proud to support this amazing charity and have agreed to donate a proportion of our total sales for the duration of 2019 😊
For every half pack (9 spreads or 6 veg pouches) sold online we donate 30p to Bliss and for every full pack (18 spreads or 12 veg pouches) sold online we donate 60p.
Our desire is that every single one of your online purchases will help Bliss reach out to a baby born premature or sick in the UK.
If you’ve any direct experience of how the Bliss charity has helped you and your family, or have any suggestions for a charity we could partner with in the future, please let us know at email@example.com as we’d love to share your stories! 😊